Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tofas SC - Besiktas Istanbul

Tofas besiktas pick
This sunday, there are three games scheduled and i find this game very nice choice to make some more profit. Besiktas is visiting Tofas in Bursa for the 3rd game of the second half of Turkish Basketball league. Both teams played in European competitions during mid week where home side Tofas is 2 days more rested compared to Besiktas.

Tofas was hosted by BC Khimik in Ukraine last tuesday. It was an important game for them because both Tofas and Khimik had the same amount of wins in Eurochallenge group stage. After being able to prevail only a quarter, Tofas played almost 3 full quarters being trailed by BC Khimik and lost the game 69-62. Besiktas had its domestic match up in the 7th match day of Euroleague Top 16 where they were hosted by Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Although Besiktas controlled comfortably lead the game for about 30 minutes, their guard was down especialy when Gasper Vidmar was on the bench at the final quarter. Fenerbahce Ulker first caught up with Besiktas in scoring then won the game in the clutch time.

Tofas recently waived their starting point guard Steven Burtt. The decision was likely to be made concerning discipline issues even though no clear explanation behind the decision was declared. He was averaging about 18 points per game both in Eurochallenge cup and in Turkish League, so his absence won't be easy to be filled. ( In fact, they clearly missed his contribution against BC Khimik 3 days ago.) Unlike Tofas, Besiktas enjoyed the return of their indispensable point guard Tutku Acik. The team seemed to have an awakening to the full extent by his presence on the court. He's a player with outstanding basketball IQ, so he enabled Besiktas team to circulate the ball more quickly and efficiently on the offensive end. He was the main reason why Besiktas resisted effectively against expensive Fenerbahce Ulker rotation that long.

As we stated many times before, Tofas is a team with serious 4th quarter syndrome. Their rotation consists of a group guys with talent but without enough experience, so they lost many games this year because they were unable to finalize their efforts. Besiktas is naturaly more experienced team, so they'll certainly find many ways to make things tougher for Tofas during the entire game. As i said above, the return of Tutku Acik has a tremendous effect on Besiktas which is the main reason why I rely on this pick with full confidence. A double digit Besiktas victory is quite likely to happen.

Pick: Besiktas -6.0 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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1 comment:


    A double digit victory as estimated above.